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Desirable eigenstructure for good short-term helicopter handling qualities: the rate command response case

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JournalProceedings of the institution of mechanical engineers part g-Journal of aerospace engineering
DatePublished - Dec 2009
Issue numberG8
Number of pages7
Pages (from-to)1059-1065
Original languageEnglish


Existing work, to generate an eigenstructure suitable for achieving good short-term attitude command response in a generic single rotor helicopter, is extended here to provide eigenvectors appropriate to the (more complex) rate command case. The generated eigenstructure is, like the original, consistent with the physical relationships between the state variables. It achieves appropriate mode decoupling, and translates exactly into ideal transfer functions for use with a variety of control design methodologies. A simple numerical example is provided to show that the behaviour of a system with this eigenstructure displays the expected response.

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  • eigenstructure, helicopters, handling qualities, flight control systems, ASSIGNMENT, AIRCRAFT, DESIGN, ATTITUDE

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